Keewatin Railway

Keewatin Railway
 
The Keewatin Railway Company is a First Nations-owned shortline railroad that operates in Northern Manitoba, between The Pas, and Pukatawagan. This is Canada's second First Nations railway, the first being Labrador and Northern Quebec's Tshiuetin Rail Transportation.
 
The railway company currently operates a line formerly owned by Hudson Bay Railway, and used by Via Rail passenger trains. Via Rail Canada previously operated a twice-weekly passenger rail service between The Pas and Pukatawagan through an operating agreement with Hudson Bay Railway Company. This passenger service continues under a new operating agreement between Keewatin Railway Company and Via Rail Canada, which still operates twice-weekly passenger trains (Numbers 290/291) through an agreement with the new company. These are mixed trains
 
The rail line was originally the 185-mile (310 km-long) Sherridon Subdivision, between Sheritt Junction and Lynn Lake. This was part of the Hudson Bay Railway (HBRY) system, and Via Rail had operated trains between The Pas and Pukatawagan under an agreement with HBRY, but had suspended them from July 27 and August 2, 2005, because the Hudson Bay Railway line had become unsafe due to recent heavy rains in the area loosening the railbed.
 
History
 
On April 1, 2006, the Hudson Bay Railway sold the Sherridon Subdivision to the three native tribes in the area, who now own and operate the railway. The First Nations-owned railway company received $4.9 million dollars in grants from the Government of Canada, $1.25 million from the Government of Manitoba and $500,000 from three First Nations communities (the Mathaias Colomb Indian Band, Tataskweyak Cree Nation, and the War Lake First Nation, who jointly own and operate the railway to this day) for the railway line purchase. The Federal Government has also given the three tribes up to $3.2 million for start-up fees and investments, which include the purchase of locomotives, railway equipment, transitional services, office equipment, and infrastructure work (maintenance) on the rail line. This funding comes from the Regional and Remote Passenger Rail Services Contribution Program administered by Transport Canada.
 
Keewatin Railway Company
 
Overview
 
Headquarters: The Pas, Manitoba
Reporting mark: KRC
Locale: Manitoba, Canada
Dates of operation: April 1, 2006–present
Technical
Track gauge: 4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
 
Keewatin Railway Company
 
Legend
 
Lynn Lake
McVeigh
Tippieskaw Creek
Douglas McKay Lake
Drybrough
Herriot
Russell River
Hone
Jetait
Heaman
Okaw Lake
 
 251 Pukatawagan road link
 
Airport
 
 Native Reserve
245 Mile 151.8
243 Pawistik
Churchill River
Rafter
214 Charles
Kennedy Creek
Takipy
Kississing River
Derby Lake
179 Ruddock
158 Sherridon
Fay Lake
127 Heming Lake
 
 CN Branch to Chisel Lake
 open 1950s to 1990s
 
 114 Optic Lake
Emerald Lake
 
 west Flin Flon Sub. to Flin Flon
Sherrit Junction
to The Pas

 

 

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